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Franz West - Meeting Points

Recent Outdoor Sculptures

12 August - 14 October 2001 

Franz West

Franz West: installation view, "Meeting Points", Recent Outdoor Sculptures, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2001. 

Austrian artist Franz West presented his first ever exhibition in Scotland in the Botanic Garden for the 2001 Edinburgh International Festival. Celebrated for his papier mache sculptures and collages, Franz has also been presenting large scale aluminium sculptures in outdoor settings. Four of these sculptures were placed against the natural environment throughout the beautiful grounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The four sculptures for The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh were:

Flatus - a bronze coloured sculpture standing nearly four metres tall. This work was placed in the Chinese pond. A large bright blue spherical sculpture entitled Grotta Azurra was placed in the circular pond at the front of Inverleith House with the heron sculpture inside. Previously the work was called "Die Welt an der Leine", which means "The World on a String", but also refers to The Leine (Hanover's main river). Two further sculptures on pedestals are brown and white respectively and are entitled "Meeting Points" 1 and 2. These works were placed on the lawn behind Inverleith House and near the glasshouses, on the location of where a Cedar tree fell down.

Franz West was born in Vienna in 1947. Previous exhibitions by Franz West include solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Haus Lange, Krefeld, Reina Sofia, Madrid and Munster Sculpture Park. A separate exhibition of paintings by Edward Ruscha ran concurrent with the Franz West exhibition at Inverleith House.

Franz West - ‘Meeting Points' is supported by Gagosian Gallery, London, The Scottish Arts Council and The Austrian Cultural Institute, London.

Franz West

Franz West: installation view, "Meeting Points", Recent Outdoor Sculptures, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2001.

All works courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery.

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